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What is the treatment for cortizone (hydrocortisone) overdose?

What is the treatment for cortizone (hydrocortisone) overdose?

Slowly back down: If a person has been using high dose or long term oral or injectable steroids (cortisone) then it is crucial to gradually taper the dose to prevent what is called adrenal insufficiency. It a very large dose of steroid causes the adrenal gland to stop producing steroid, the rapid withdrawal can lead to severe symptoms including death. Gradually taper steroids if had high dose or long term use. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more


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Can you overdose on cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on your skin?

Can you overdose on cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on your skin?

Yes: While the typical otc Hydrocortisone creams are usually 1/2 %, no more than 1% it is still possible to develop side effects with overuse with them. The good news is that you really have to overuse them to be at risk. So, if what you are treating does not get better with a week or so of use per the package instructions then you really need to have a doctor examine your condition. ...Read more

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What is hydrocortisone used for?

What is hydrocortisone used for?

Inflammation: Hydrocortisone can be used topically for itching, rash, etc. It can also be used by injection to treat systemic inflammation like in cases of auto immune diseases. Derivatives of Hydrocortisone like Prednisone can be used orally to treat conditions from asthma & COPD to systemic inflammatory conditions. ...Read more

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How long can you use hydrocortisone on face ?

How long can you use hydrocortisone on face ?

7 days max: Never use steroids on face, neck or mucus membranes, for more than 7 days without medical supervision, to prevent side effects like steroid-induced acne. Once the condition responds to treatment stop. If it worsens or is not better in 7 days, see a doc. 10 days is the max length on other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

Please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

Anti-inflammatory: Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much less potent than cortisone. ...Read more

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Can i use peroxide and hydrocortisone oimtment?

Can i use peroxide and hydrocortisone oimtment?

Which peroxide?: Since I didn't know which peroxide you're using, I checked both benzoyl (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/benzoyl-peroxide-wash.html) & hydrogen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_peroxide). Luckily both appear to have no interaction w/hydrocortisone (http://www.drugs.com/mtm/hydrocortisone-topical.html). Always best to tell your docs about everything you use, whether prescription or over-the-counter. ...Read more

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What should I do, my skin is addicted to hydrocortisone?

Not sure if this is: True. Actual addiction is a complex process. I am going to guess you mean that your skin condition gets better with steroids and then gets worse when you stop. Depending on your actual diagnosis, this may be true. Steroids sometimes only control and do not cure a skin disease. I suggest you consult with a dermatologist and have him explain your condition. ...Read more

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It is okay to use hydrocortisone once a day for a month?

It is okay to use hydrocortisone once a day for a month?

Oral??: If you're taking Hydrocortisone orally, why? Depending on the dose, you can't just stop it in a month else you could develop an adrenal crisis. If it is in cream or ointment form, how extensively are you using it, how many times/day, locations of application? It is possible to suppress adrenal glands even with topical steroids depending on how much is absorbed. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there always a rebound affect after stopping hydrocortisone?

Depends on how long: The issue of corticosteroid "reboun" is an issue of how high the dose and for how long. A short coruse of Hydrocortisone should not have any problems.Long term therapy should be tappered to prevent any adverse reactions.Check with your physician before doing anything. ...Read more

Dr. Syed H. Sajid
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Cortizone (Definition)

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